English Language Programs for International Students

The University of Pennsylvania established the English Language Programs (ELP) in the early 1960s to provide courses in English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL) and orientation to life in the United States. Each year, 2,000 students from all over the world come to the ELP. They study English for a wide variety of purposes, including: general English; business English; English for academic preparation; English for professions such as law, architecture, dental medicine, and nursing; and teacher training. In the summer, the ELP has a robust range of program options.

Institute for Academic Studies

The Institute for Academic Studies (IAS) is a four-week program that provides a foundation for university-level English. Students receive an introduction to academic content-based language and experience life and culture at a U.S. university.

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Institute for Business Communication

The Institute for Business Communication (IBC) is a four-week program that engages students in courses that cover a variety of real world business issues and topics designed to improve their business knowledge and communication skills, and better prepare them to achieve their professional goals.

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Intensive Program

The Intensive Program (IP) offers year-round courses in intensive English and consists of more than 40 elective courses in 8 levels – beginning to advanced. Participants can prepare for study at an American university, improve their general English skills, or improve language skills and knowledge of U.S. culture needed for their careers. The program runs in seven-week sessions. A Business Intensive Program is also available during the summer months.

Visit the IP page.

University Connection

The University Connection (UniConn) Program successfully prepares students for the challenges of the application and admissions process, as well as the rigors of academic study at the university level. Students receive extensive one-on-one advising and can customize the program to help them achieve their goals within their timelines. UniConn runs in seven-week sessions.

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Institute for MBA and LLM Preparation

The Institute for MBA and LLM Preparation (IMLP) is an intensive three-week program for students with acceptance to a graduate program in business or international law in an English-speaking environment.  The program is designed to help students master the academic, cultural, and language skills necessary for successful and fulfilling MBA and LLM degree experiences.

Visit the IMLP page.

International Business Communication for Professionals

International Business Communication for Professionals (IBCP) is a program designed for business professionals with at least two years work experience who wish to improve the effectiveness and confidence with which they communicate in professional situations in English. IBCP integrates targeted skills into simulations based on current international business cases.  The program is offered at an intermediate and advanced level.

Visit the IBCP page.